IPE Competencies at U-M

What Are IPE Competencies & Levels of Exposure?

Interprofessional education (IPE) involves intentional teaching and assessment of at least one of the IPE competencies. Sub-competencies of competencies 1-4 can be found here. IPE occurs when students from two or more disciplines learn about, from, and with each other in the context of health outcomes for patients and populations.
  1. Values/Ethics: Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.
  2. Roles/Responsibilities: Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the healthcare needs of patients and to promote and advance the health of populations.
  3. Interprofessional Communication: Communicate with patients, families, communities, and professionals in health and other fields in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease.
  4. Teams/Teamwork: Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient/population-centered care and population health programs and policies that are safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.
  5. Intercultural Intelligence: Understand the role of values and culture in driving decisions and demonstrate the appropriate flexibility necessary in working with others having different values.

Levels of Progression Towards IPE Competency:

  • Introduce: Students attain a deeper understanding of their own profession and professional identity while gaining awareness of different approaches (roles, perspectives, and values) to care. They gain early experience communicating with other professions on the healthcare team to enhance teamwork and learn about its connection to and impact on patient care delivery and population health. The experience is focused on developing the knowledge and attitudes of student learners.
  • Reinforce: Students have an understanding of their own profession and professional identity and begin to represent that role on an interprofessional team. The experience provides students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the different approaches (roles, perspectives, and values) to care and more advanced experience communicating with other professions on the healthcare team to enhance teamwork in service to patients and populations. The experience is furthering the knowledge and skills of student learners
  • Practice: Students understand their own profession and professional identity and can effectively articulate and represent that role on an interprofessional team in the real-world setting and advanced simulations. The experience allows learners to further their understanding of the different approaches (roles, perspectives, and values) to care, and practice communicating with other professions on the healthcare team to enhance teamwork with the goal of improving patient and population health. The experience is furthering the knowledge and skills, and developing behaviors of student learners.

[1] Competencies 1-4 are based on the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, 2016 Update.
[2] Competency 5 is based on the University of Michigan’s engaged learning goal, intercultural engagement. CRLT Occasional Paper.